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RAF Brize Norton Airspace Change Proposal

RAF Brize Norton recently hosted a stakeholder meeting at which its latest and near-final design for a larger area of controlled airspace surrounding the airfield was described in detail (see image). The GA Alliance (GAA) including the BGA was represented at the meeting alongside others from the GA community. The

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US Air Force Awards Citadel Defense Contract to Counter Swarms Following Saudi Arabia Oil Attack

Drone threats, including the attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil assets this weekend, have escalated at unprecedented speed and global scale. The United States Air Force (USAF) has tapped into commercial innovation from Citadel Defense Company to protect warfighters and high-value assets from drone threats. The U.S. Department of Defense

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Austrian Airlines uses Donecle Drone Technology for Aircraft Inspections

Donecle announced it has signed on Austrian Airlines, member of the Lufthansa Group, for its automated drone inspection solution. Donecle is excited to partner with Austrian Airlines to help the airline optimize their maintenance process by reducing time of aircraft inspection while increasing reliability, safety and traceability of airframe checks.

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Global Hawks to Take On Hypersonic Testing

The US Air Force is buying three RQ-4 Global Hawks to aid in long-range hypersonic missile testing, according to the head of the Air Force Test Center. The move, which is already in progress, is one aspect of the service’s attempt to beef up its hypersonic test infrastructure as it

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GA-ASI Demonstrates Multi-Mission Control and Metis

On August 28th, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. demonstrated its Multi-Mission Control (MMC) and Metis capabilities during a live flight using company-owned MQ-9 Block 1 and MQ-9 Block 5 Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). MMC enables a single pilot to control multiple MQ-9s for transit operations and routine Intelligence, Surveillance and

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India’s Rustom 2 Crashes on Test Flight

The Indian Defence Research Development Organisation’s (DRDO’s) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Rustom-II crashed at Jodi Chikkana Halli in Karnataka’s Chitradurga district on Tuesday morning. The aircraft’s test flight was underway at Challakere Aeronautical Test Range, an outdoor testing and evaluating facility of the DRDO, when the incident took place.

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senseFly Joins Trimble Select List of Preferred Partners for Agriculture

senseFly, the global leader in-fixed wing drones, is excited to announce its status as a Trimble Select Partner. With this new partnership, agriculture professionals in North America and Europe get direct access to senseFly’s platform of drones through Trimble’s trusted distribution network. “We’re pleased to be chosen as a Trimble

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DroneDeploy Conference 2019 Brings Together Industry Visionaries

DroneDeploy, the leading enterprise-grade drone software solution, today announced the agenda for its DroneDeploy Conference 2019, which brings together experts from agriculture, cybersecurity, mining, oil & gas, search and rescue, transportation, UAV, and more to discuss the future of drones and drone solutions. The fourth annual two-day conference takes place

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Datumate Releases DatuBIM™ Version 2.0, Its Automated Construction Data Analytics and Project Management Platform

Datumate, leading provider of construction data analytics and drone-based photogrammetry solutions, today announced the release of DatuBIM™ version 2.0, a platform for efficient, comprehensive and timely project execution management. The latest version boosts automation benefits to existing and new partners and customers, many of them being design partners of newly

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Delair offers unlimited photogrammetry plan to enable a more flexible model for digital mapping

Plan offers unlimited use of the delair.ai cloud platform for maps and 3D models, collaboration, data storage, photogrammetry, and manual analysis at a fixed low monthly rate. Delair, a leading provider of visual data management solutions for enterprises, today announced its unlimited photogrammetry plan, available through its cloud-based delair.ai visual

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GeoCue Group Hosts True View UAV LIDAR/Camera Sensor Demonstration Day in Davis, California

MADISON, AL – GeoCue Group will present a True View Demonstration Day in Davis, California with the partnership of California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection and California Department of Transportation on October 3, 2019. This demonstration will consist of an onsite flight of GeoCue’s True View 410 sensor mounted

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Picterra Lands $3.3 Million in New Funding to Help Further Democratize Geospatial Mapping

Organization announces expansion plans at INTERGEO, the world’s premier geospatial event Lausanne, Switzerland – September 17, 2019 – Picterra, a geospatial software organization that enables users to extract satellite and drone imaging insights through a combination of artificial intelligence and human expertise, today announced $3.3 million in new funding that

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Hypersonic Sled Track Test at Edwards AFB

A post shared by Edwards Air Force Base (@edwardsairforcebase) on Sep 5, 2019 at 9:48pm PDT This sled is traveling at 6,599 mph (Mach 8.6) in the video and was several miles away from the camera when it began, so it’s covering over a mile roughly every second. Source: Instagram

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First Test Flight of Next Gen Solar HAPS UAS

AeroVironment, Inc. , has announced the successful first flight of the HAWK30 solar HAPS unmanned aircraft system on September 11, 2019 at the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center in California. AeroVironment partnered with SoftBank Corp to create HAPSMobile Inc., the joint venture funding HAWK30 design development and demonstration.

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Iridium Awarded 7-Year, $738.5 Million Contract by the U.S. Department of Defense

Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: IRDM) today announced that it has been awarded a $738.5 million, seven-year, fixed-price contract with the United States Department of Defense through the U.S. Air Force Space Command (AFSpC) to provide unlimited satellite services from its unique Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellation. Through what is

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Elistair Integrates Silvus Ad-Hoc Networking to Tethered UAV

Elistair and Silvus Technologies united their expertise to provide mobile-networked multiple input and multiple output (MN-MIMO) networking by embedding a Silvus Streamcaster 4200 MIMO radio into an Elistair ORION tethered UAS. The tethered UAs provides ad-hoc networking for the battlefield, to enhance situational awareness and facilitate communications and surveillance missions.

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Trinity F90+ New UAV by Quantum-Systems

German-based Quantum-Systems GmbH released the enhanced version of the Trinity F9, the Trinity F90+ at the Intergeo on September 16th. With a flight time of 90+ minutes combined with long range telemetry solution of up to 7.5 km and PPK capabilities for more accuracy. Comprehensive and state-of-the-art features are available

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USMC Sets New Milestone with GA-ASI MQ-9A

Over the last year, the U.S. Marine Corps’ (USMC) Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 1 (VMU-1) blazed a trail of firsts and was awarded the 2018 Marine Corps Aviation Association Unmanned Aircraft Squadron of the Year. A major component of the squadron’s accomplishments included use of the MQ-9A Reaper Unmanned

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Drone Tools Workshop: Vegetation Mapping for Professionals

UAVs, or drones, are an emerging technology for high-resolution aerial mapping and provide a powerful new tool for agriculture, forestry, and environmental monitoring throughout the growing season. However, accurate vegetation mapping can require more advanced skills, such as the use of multispectral cameras, the need to cover larger areas with

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HAWK30 takes flight

The HAWK30 solar high-altitude pseudo-satellite (HAPS) UAS undertook its first flight on September 11, 2019 at the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center in California, AeroVironment …

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